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Coalition issues joint statement urging continued caution

Coalition issues joint statement urging continued caution

BHS, along with partners throughout the choral world, continues to urge safe practices.

As we enter this season of joy and celebration, it is thrilling to see and hear singers, choruses, choirs, and singing groups of all types along with their collaborative artists rehearsing, performing, and sharing beauty and community with live audiences again. The hard work and determination it takes to gather together safely is recognized by

  • Chorus America
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing
  • American Choral Directors Association
  • Barbershop Harmony Society
  • Performing Arts Medicine Association
  • Pan American Vocology Association
  • National Opera Association
  • Sweet Adelines International
  • Harmony, Incorporated
  • National Collegiate Choral Organization.

We are grateful for this extraordinary effort that is helping to keep singers and audiences safe and our field on track as it rebuilds from the pandemic’s drastic effects.

Collectively, we urge continued vigilance and encourage everyone to stay informed as new variants are identified and communities see cases rising. We strongly support continued efforts to promote best practices in combatting the pandemic, including COVID-19 vaccines.

In addition, we recommend that choral groups and their leaders, institutions, and private studios continue to review and implement mitigation practices that have been shown to be successful, such as masking, physical distancing, testing, and increased ventilation.

As conditions evolve, our community should remain nimble and respond to potential increased risk by increasing the rigor of these mitigation strategies as needed based upon local community level data. Working together, we will continue to find ways for our community to gather safely.